Oil’s Well That Ends Well: The Best Ways to Treat Oily Skin

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While there may not be an easy cure for preventing your skin from producing too much oil, there are ways to control this skin condition. Read on to learn what options we suggest for managing your oily skin.

Adjust Your Skincare Routine

Oily skin usually requires its own range of products, so switch to a skincare regimen specifically suited for oily skin types. We recommend the following skincare routine:


Use Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer Twice Everyday

Look for cleansers that contain sulfur, salicylic acid or tea tree oil – all of which dissolve excess sebum. Glycolic acid is also a good active ingredient, as it improves the skin’s overall tone and texture. After cleansing, use a mild, alcohol-free toner to remove impurities that your cleanser may have missed. Finish your routine by applying a light, oil-free moisturizer.


Use an Astringent Every Other Day

If your skin is excessively oily, you can use an astringent to tighten pores and further remove oil, but because astringents contain high levels of alcohol, many find them over-drying and harsh – these should, at most, be used every other day, and never use them after you’ve exfoliated your face.


Exfoliate Once a Week

Exfoliating is good for preventing pores from clogging – something that happens often with oily skin types. Many people choose to use an oil-free scrub designed for oily skin types, but be gentle when applying it to the face so as not to irritate the skin.


Apply a Facial Mask Once a Week

A deep-cleansing facial mask containing clay can soak up excess oil, reducing shine for several days. Look for masks that also contain ingredients like honey or shea butter that soothe the skin and prevent it from drying out. However, these masks may still over dry your face, so consider applying them only to the oiliest areas.


Controlling Shine Throughout the Day

When applying makeup in the morning, first use a mattifying or oil-control primer or base. This will absorb oil throughout the day, keeping skin looking fresh and shine-free. You can also powder your T-zone to soak up additional sebum on your face’s oiliest areas: the forehead and nose.


If your face often starts looking greasy later on in the day, then oil-control paper is your friend. These are great for a quick fix to blot away shine. These papers also tend not to dry out the skin and can be used over makeup. A dusting of a translucent powder can be applied two or three times during the day after blotting the face to cover up extra shine.


Consult a Professional

When nothing else seems to work, consider seeing a dermatologist. Many of the same medications for stopping acne are similarly recommended for treating oily skin. Doctors can also prescribe topical creams with tretinoin, adapalene or tazarotene, which can alter the way pores secrete sebum, thereby reducing oiliness. These products can be irritating, so it’s best to use them on the oiliest areas of your face as you need to.


Other, more dramatic treatment options include pulsed light and heat energy therapies and diode laser therapy, which target and may destroy sebaceous glands. These possibilities, however, can be very expensive, and the long-term benefits and risks are still unknown – consult an experienced dermatologist to see if this is the right choice for you.


Now’s the Time to Act

Left untreated, oily skin can lead to acne flare ups and a buildup of dead skin cells, leading to sallow-looking skin and enlarged pores – that’s why it’s imperative to find a way to treat the oily skin you have right away. So take action now to get that shine-free, fresh complexion you’ve always wanted.



Disclaimer: The information on this website and any related links are for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, contact a professional healthcare provider.

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22 responses to “Oil’s Well That Ends Well: The Best Ways to Treat Oily Skin”

  1. Martin says:

    Hey, Thank you for sharing this guide about oily skin. I am currently facing oily scalp problems. But the tips and remedies that you mentioned it are quite helpful to me. Thanks for sharing keep updating.

  2. Ashleigh says:

    im am currently 15 and suffering from extremely oily skin, iv tried everything and nothing seems to work. so thanks for these great tip they have hugely inproved my skin.

    • FOREO says:

      Hello, Ashleigh! We are happy you liked our tips and found them useful :). Stay tuned for more interesting articles to come!

  3. mehdi says:

    Helpful articles on the care of your oily skin. It was great.

  4. Muslim☺ says:

    Hy! Thanks for the guide . I ‘m really going to try this all.

  5. sneha says:

    My skin is oily and i don’t know how to care my skin but your blog is so much helpful to me.

  6. samantha says:

    hie I have a really oily skin I am going try these methods hopefully they will work on me

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  8. Nonkosi says:

    Hi I will definately try these tips. I have a very oily irritating skin.

  9. Anne says:

    I have an oily skin, its really irritating. Have tried almost everything and nothing seems to work out. Please help

  10. I wish I had found this blog post earlier! It would have saved me a lot of time and trouble. Great information. Thank you.

  11. ahamaed says:

    I am very happay

  12. Melona J Trabasas says:

    Can you recomend me some product?my face is so oily…

  13. Shaik Sulthana says:

    Hai… This is shaik Sulthana.. I am. Suffering with oily skin and pimple with acne and black heads and feeling very bad… My self . So u can provide me any best

  14. This article is amazing!!After following your tips,my face is not as oily as before.There are also less acnes.I’m very glad that you guys made this article to make people’s life better!!

  15. Vienna says:

    I haven’t done this for too long but I can already see and feel the difference . Thanks, you have really helped me alot. I wish I found this sooner

  16. I have a very oily skin.My skinnis sensitive too. I have pimples bumps white heads dark spots dark circles enlarged pores.And I don’thave a skin care routine I don’t know which cleanser,moisturise, toner,srum will suit me!! I am living in Bangladesh please send help if anybody knows!!!

    • carly says:

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